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An internationally touring exhibit. The Philadelphia Cathedral presentation of this exhibit was curated by Marie Elcin, art educator, fabric artist, and cathedral parishioner.


Initiated by Hanne Bang, an artist in Denmark, this an on going project, which is being added to all the time.

To date the piece has over 300 handkerchiefs - on each handkerchief people from across the world have embroidered the text; "In a war someone has to die" - in their own language.  54 countries are represented so far.

The handkerchiefs are shown as one big artwork – hanging beside each other - one united voice. One voice across nationalities, politics, religions, and culture - commenting on war. Not one particular war, but all wars.

In addition to the artwork, a list of the contributors nationalities is displayed. The first impression is of a feminine art piece of embroidery and handkerchiefs.

However as you come closer you are confronted with the text and a message in many different languages.

The impact of the work comes from the numerous individual expressions of the same theme and a message gathered into a single strong unified art work.

Refugees, Facebook and the "domino effect"

We have been working for the last two years to collect the handkerchiefs.  They are constantly being sent in and the project continues to grow. Every single handkerchief has its own unique story to tell.  Some of them are made by people in refugee camps and half-way houses, others have heard about the project through Facebook.  Every one is a work of art in itself.

The background for the sentence, choice of handkerchiefs and embroidery

The quote: ¨In a war someone has to die", originates from a TV interview I saw with an African mercenary. When he was asked if he was afraid of dying, he soberly replied; ¨In a war someone has to die¨. The sentence is harsh and provocative, but none-the less an indisputable fact of war. Handkerchiefs are used to absorb blood, sweat and tears.

They are what we clutch while we arewaiting and we use them to wave goodbye. Handkerchiefs are material objects with their own folds, lace, colors and patterns.Handker-chiefs carry many human stories and much cultural history.

Embroidery is traditionally a female craft, a female occupation. It has a rhythm and repetition - which we also find in wars.

By connecting embroidery and handkerchiefs with the harsh text and the many stories, a strong piece appears which contrasts dynamically with the violent images of war we are constantly bombarded with in the media.

The following countries are represented;

Afghanistan, Africa/Swahili, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Burma/Myanmar, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Dubai, Estonia, England, Faroe Islands, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, India/Hindi, India/Urdu, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kenya/Kikuya, Kenya/Meru, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nepal, Norway, Persian, Peru, Poland, Romania, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, USA, Vietnam

For more information go to www.inawar.hannebang.com


 Nancy Adler, Artist

Exhibition Dates   May 30 - June 30, 2015

Opening Reception   Friday, June 5 ¦5-7 pm

Viewing Times

Mon – Thurs 11 am - 1 pm

Other times by appointment

Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral

19 South 38th Street

Philadelphia, PA  19104





A Spring Exhibition of Charcoal Drawings & Wood Sculpture


 Anda Dubinskis, Artist 
 Orlando Pelliccia, Sculptor


April 6 – May 22, 2015

Friday, April 17?5 - 7 pm    


 Monday – Thursday 11 am – 1 pm

 Other times by appointment.            

 ANDA DUBINSKIS - Philadelphia artist Anda Dubinskis  (BFA Cooper Union, MFA University of Pennsylvania) has won numerous awards and residencies. She was the recipient of two major NEA Grants for Painting as well as two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grants.  A grant from the Leeway Foundation for Achievement in Painting recognized her contribution to the Philadelphia Arts Community. She has participated in arts residencies at MacDowell Arts Colony in New Hampshire and at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland An invitation to participate in the Philadelphia Print Collaborative Portfolio resulted in a five color silkscreen made at the Fabric Workshop. Anda is the Drawing Coordinator for Drexel University’s Art & Art History Department.

ORLANDO PELLICCIA - Dino Pelliccia received an MFA in painting and a BA in Fine Arts and Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Originally a landscape artist working in oils and watercolors he drifted into three dimensional work and has been making sculpture for the last 20 years.   Although he has changed mediums his work continues to be founded in the observation and interpretation of nature. He has received several awards for painting, two Pennsylvania Council Grants in sculpture and been awarded a residency at The Andy Warhol Conservancy. He currently teaches at Drexel University where he is also the director of the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery. Dino lives and works in both Philadelphia and Maine and is sometimes known as Orlando Pelliccia.

Di Falco Station of the Cross

Lenten Art Exhibition at the Cathedral 

"Stations of the Cross"  

 The Stations are expressed in various artistic genres, including sculpture, wall-relief, painting, printmaking, weaving, and photo/digital process, Throughout history, artists have used a variety of media such as: plaster; marble; wood; clay; oil/acrylic on canvas; etchings on paper; and; stained glass in creating the Stations of the Cross.

 Artist  Gerard Di Falco  
A member of the Cathedral congregation)

 Exhibition Dates:  February 18 - April 3    

Viewing Times:     Monday- Thursday  11:00 am - 1:00 pm             

Other times by appointment.





Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral (located on 38th Street between Market & Chestnut Streets) is pleased to host an exhibition of American contemporary art entitled “Life’s Journey” from the private art collection of West Philadelphians Robert and Frances Kohler.

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 7- Feb 17;  Viewing Times: Mon - Thurs: 11 am – 1 pm.  Other times by appointment.

Opening Reception:  Friday, January 23, 5-7 pm.  For more information, please call 215.386.0234, ext. 13.

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Program is an essential component of the mission of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness and to be an agent of Christ’s love.

The Cathedral building itself is a magnificent piece of artwork: blending Victorian architectural elements and historically significant stained glass windows with modern surfaces, contemporary lighting and completely flexible seating. The nave is one of the most coveted spaces in the city for displays of painting, photography, and sculpture. Exhibits change with each liturgical season throughout the year and provide a wonderful visual context for the wide variety of liturgies and musical programs offered in the Cathedral.

The art exhibits are one of the most important ways that the Cathedral reaches out to a wide variety of its constituencies, exhibiting the work of artists in the congregation, in West Philadelphia, throughout the City of Philadelphia, and throughout the five-county Diocese of Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Chapter of Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts is located here at the Cathedral, through which we draw from Episcopalian artists from around the country. We work cooperatively with other local arts groups, such as Taller Puertoriquena and the Interfaith Council of Philadelphia. There is also a growing permanent collection of works by major artists that is on revolving display: works produced by participants in our artist-in-residence program, works on semi-permanent loan to the Cathedral by the artists, and works that have been donated the Cathedral.

The doors of the Cathedral are open Monday through Thursday from 11am - 1pm and other times by appointment for people to view the exhibits.


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